Successful Completion of Private Placement of 83.2 million Shares, Raising NOK 229 million ($27.5 million) in IDEX Biometrics
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Oslo, 16 February 2021. Reference is made to the press release from IDEX Biometrics ASA (“IDEX” or the “Company”) on 15 February 2021 regarding a contemplated private placement.
IDEX is pleased to announce that the Private Placement (as defined below) has been successfully completed and raised gross proceeds to the Company of about NOK 229 million ($27.5 million) through the allocation of 83,214,674 new shares at a price of NOK 2.75 per share.
The Private Placement attracted strong interest from Norwegian, Nordic and international high-quality institutional investors and was multiple times oversubscribed.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Private Placement to cover expansion investments and used for general corporate purposes, and is expected to fund the Company to the commercially scalable volumes phase.
Following completion of the Private Placement, the Company’s share capital will be NOK 137,304,213.30 divided into 915,361,422 shares, each with a par value of NOK 0.15.
Allocation to investors will be communicated on 16 February 2021. The Private Placement will be settled by the Manager on a delivery-versus-payment basis on 18 February 2021. Offer shares in the Private Placement will be settled with existing and unencumbered shares in the Company, pursuant to a share lending agreement expected to be entered into between Arctic Securities AS, certain existing shareholders and the Company (the “Share Lending Agreement”).
A listing prospectus will be prepared and published in connection with the Private Placement and 29,415,423 of the new shares cannot be admitted to trading on Oslo Børs pending such publication.
CFO Derek D’Antilio, who is a primary insider in IDEX, subscribed for 76,000 shares at NOK 2.75 per share. Following this transaction, Mr. D’Antilio holds 706,926 shares and 2,000,000 incentive subscription rights to shares in IDEX.
Arctic Securities AS acted as Sole Managers in connection with the Private Placement. Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS is acting as legal advisor to the Company.
For more information, please contact:
Chief Financial Officer: Derek D’Antilio
+1 978 273 1344
IR Contact: Marianne Bøe
+47 91 80 01 86
IDEX Biometrics ASA in brief:
IDEX Biometrics ASA (OSE: IDEX and OTCQB: IDXAF) is a leading provider of fingerprint identification technologies offering simple, secure and personal authentication for all. We help people make payments, prove their identity, gain access to information, unlock devices or gain admittance to buildings with the touch of a finger. We invent, engineer, and commercialize these secure, yet incredibly user-friendly solutions. Our total addressable market represents a fast growing multi-billion-unit opportunity. For more information, visit www.idexbiometrics.com (http://www.idexbiometrics.com) and follow @IDEXBiometrics
This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to purchase, any securities of the Company. Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into any jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures.
The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. The Company does not intend to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this announcement will be made to “qualified institutional buyers” as defined in and pursuant to Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act or, with respect to any existing director or executive officer of the Company only, “accredited investors” as defined in Regulation D under the U.S. Securities Act.
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This announcement is made by, and is the responsibility of, the Company. The Manager and their affiliates are acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Private Placement. They will not regard any other person as their respective clients in relation to the Private Placement and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company, for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, nor for providing advice in relation to the Private Placement, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to herein.
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The Private Placement and the contemplated admission to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo may be influenced by a range of circumstances, such as market conditions, and there is no guarantee that the Private Placement will proceed and that the admission to trading on Euronext Growth Oslo will occur.
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